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Higher Education: Fort Scott Community College

Oct 31, 2019

Unless you’re a history fanatic, you’ve probably never heard of a small Kansas town that sits 90 miles south of Kansas City, Kan. Fort Scott is not only home to a National Historic site which features a fully preserved soldier fort that was built in 1842, but also one of America’s national cemeteries. What most might be surprised to know is that Fort Scott is also home to the oldest public community college in the state. Fort Scott Community College (FSCC) was established in 1919 and added an Agricultural department in 1975. The program has since grown and offers a livestock judging team, meat judging team, rodeo team and a Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter.

The buzz on campus coming into the fall semester of 2019 was the celebration for the 100th birthday of the college. There was even more excitement within the Agriculture for the ribbon cutting on the completed renovation and addition project of their department’s home within Burris Hall. Both the ribbon cutting and centennial celebration took place on September 20-21.

Burris Hall was originally built for an Environmental Water Qualities program but now serves as the agricultural headquarters for FSCC. The addition totals nearly 3,000 square feet and features a large commons area, new offices, a kitchen and collaboration stations for students. The existing portion of Burris features updated classrooms.

In addition to the Associates of Science program that FSCC offers to students looking to continue their education at a 4-year institution, the agriculture program also offers other options for students not wishing to continue their education past the community college level. The Farm and Ranch Management program is a one-year program designed for individuals looking to enhance their knowledge of production agriculture. The Associates of Applied Science is a more comprehensive version of the Farm and Ranch Management program and offers a wider variety of educational experiences.

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